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November 3, 2010

Thomas Roma, production notes for Pannaroma 1×3 camera

UNO-St. Claude Gallery is pleased to present, PANNAROMA, an exhibition of photographs made with the Pannaroma 1×3 camera.  PANNAROMA opens December 4 in conjunction with the 5th annual PhotoNOLA festival.  The exhibition reception will occur the following weekend, on Saturday, December 11, from 6-8pm, in concurrence with the St. Claude Arts District Second Saturdays.  Thomas Roma will speak at the reception on Saturday, December 11, at 7pm.

The Pannaroma 1×3 was designed and manufactured by celebrated Brooklyn-based photographer Thomas Roma in the late 1980s at the request of legendary photographer Lee Friedlander.  “Pannaroma,” is a play on the word “panorama” and the name of Roma’s wife, “Anna Roma”.  The first picture made with the Pannaroma—by Friedlander and included in this exhibition—portrays the camera maker and his muse in a frame reminiscent of cinematic masters Michelangelo Antonioni or Federico Fellini.

PANNAROMA creates a conversation between veterans Friedlander, Gilles Peress, and the late Raghubir Singh—whom were among the first to use the camera—with successive generations of contemporary photographers—many of whom were students of Roma’s over the past two decades.  The exhibition features a range of photographic styles and print types that find their confluence in both Roma’s artistic influence and the cult of the machine.

Thomas Roma, a two-time Guggenheim Fellow, has exhibited and published extensively including solo exhibitions with accompanying books at the Museum of Modern Art and the International Center for Photography.  Roma is the author of twelve monographs including, most recently, Dear Knights and Dark Horses (PowerHouse Books, 2010).  He is Director of Photography and Professor of Art at Columbia University.

The UNO St. Claude Gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call the UNO Fine Arts Department at (504) 280-6493 or email curators Tony Chirinos and Stephen Hilger at



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